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Estonian Jewellery in China

Beijing Arts & Crafts Museum, China
26.02. - 15.03.2004

On the 25th of February, the exhibition of Estonian jewellery art was opened at the Beijing Arts & Crafts Museum, situated in the city centre of Beijing. It was the first presentation of Estonian jewellery in Asian countries and, until present, the most extensive promotion of Estonian jewellery outside Estonia. Several local television stations reflected the cultural event and the exposition attracted wide attention with the written media as well.

The exhibition was compiled by Merike Alber and Ketli Tiitsar on the basis of the collections at the Museum of Applied Art and Design (ETDM). The exposition ranged from the 19th-century Setu jewellery to contemporary works. As to promote the contemporary jewellery on an even more representative level, also the jewellery from the personal collections of the artists were exposed in addition to the works belonging to the museum compilation. All in all, the Beijing exhibition displayed more than 280 works by 56 jewellery artists, including Adamson-Eric, Ede Kurrel, Tiiu Aru, Leili Kuldkepp, Mari Rääk, Juta Vahtramäe, Lilian Linnaks, Jüri Arrak, Katrin Amos, Heigo Jelle, Rein Mets, Kadri Mälk, Kärt Summatavet, and the works by the group members of “FFFF” and “Castles in the Air”.

In spite of the short opening time, nearly 12000 people visited the exhibition.

The exhibition was opened by Mait Martinson, the Ambassador of Estonian Republic in China, and Sun Jiamu, the executive director of International Relations Department of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. The opening was attended by Ketli Tiitsar, the project manager of the ETDM and the designer of the exhibition, and Kersti Tiik, the head of the exhibition department of National Library.

The exhibition was open until 15th of March daily from 9:30 to 16:30.

The exhibition took place within the framework of the co-operation programme between the Ministry of Culture of Estonian Republic and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China.

Beijing Arts & Crafts Museum
4th floor Gongmei Mansion
No. 200 Wangfujing Street

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Ketli Tiitsar
Phone: +372 627 4602